2013 Pinot Noir
There are two things we love about Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir: the wild aromatics and the amazing balance. Our 2013 is fresh, open and spicy with layers of raspberries, leaf and earth. The palate is supple, round and elegant with just a dash of tannin in the finish.
While the 2013 vintage had 16% more rainfall than 2012, it would still be characterized as a dry year. The start to the season was temperate and fortunately there was no frost after bud break. Overall the summer was marked by cool mornings and warm afternoons. A heat spell during the second week of August accelerated the ripening process. We hand harvested on September 6 in the early morning hours under cool condition to preserve the freshness of the fruit.
Our 2013 Pinot Noir comes from the Sonoma Coast AVA, a broad band of land that stretches from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the San Pablo Bay in the southeast. After hand harvest, the grapes were destemmed, cold soaked for two days and then fermented in temperature-controlled tanks. The wine was aged in French oak for 20 months.